Emshwiller, Susan (Susan J. Emshwiller)

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(Susan J. Emshwiller)


Born in Levittown, NY; daughter of Ed (an avantgarde filmmaker) and Carol (a novelist; maiden name, Fried) Emshwiller; sister of Peter Emshwiller (a set dresser); married Chris Coulson (an actor). Education: Syracuse University, B.F.A., painting and printmaking; California Institute of the Arts, M.F.A.

Career: Set decorator, set dresser, set director, art director, production designer, writer, director, and actress.


Film Set Decorator:

The Kindred, FM Home Video, 1986.

Wired, Taurus Entertainment Company, 1989.

Gleaming the Cube, 1989.

The Player, Fine Line, 1992.

(As Susan J. Emshwiller) Short Cuts, Fine Line, 1993.

Indictment: The McMartin Trial, 1995.

(As Susan J. Emshwiller) Kansas City, Fine Line, 1996.

(As Susan J. Emshwiller) Cookie's Fortune, October Films, 1999.

Two Can Play That Game, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2001.

The Good Girl, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2002.

(U.S. crew) Calendar Girls, Buena Vista, 2003.

Spartan, Warner Bros., 2004.

Film Work:

Set dresser, Tuff Turf, New World Pictures, 1985.

Set dresser, Runaway Train, Canon, 1985.

Set design, Basic Training, 1985.

Art director and production designer, Sorority House Massacre, Concorde Pictures, 1987.

Set director, Russkies, 1987.

Set decorator assistant (Yugoslavia), A Time of Destiny, 1988.

Production designer, Till There Was You, Sovereign Pictures, 1990.

Set director, The Player, Fine Line, 1992.

Also worked as director, The Desk Soldier; director, Mother's Day Teaser.

Film Appearances:

Detective Broom, The Player, Fine Line, 1992.

Television Set Decorator; Miniseries:

(As Susan J. Emshwiller; in Los Angeles) Blonde (also known as Marilyn Monroe ), CBS, 2001.

Television Set Decorator; Movies:

The Summer My Father Grew Up, NBC, 1991.

Past Tense, Showtime, 1991.

Replacing Dad, CBS, 1999.

Television Art Decorator; Specials:

Testing Dirty, ABC, 1991.

Stage Director:

Directed Brush Strokes and productions at MET Theater, the Friends and Artists Theater, the Loretta Theater, the Industry Showcase, and the Gardner Theater.



(As Susan J. Emshwiller) Pollock, Sony Pictures Classics, 2000.

Also wrote Dogtown; Hole in the Day; A Few Days with Me; Mother's Day; Cowboy Fiction; Cement Shoes; Burger World; Blind Sight; The Furnace.